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Walker named recycling coordinator, spearheads recycling effort at Move In

September 12, 2011 — by Kara Furlong Lindsay Walker was named campus recycling coordinator July 1, in time to spearhead recycling efforts at first-year student Move In in August. At this year’s Move In, Vanderbilt recycled 34 percent more cardboard than last year – almost 18 tons in one day. This effort was accomplished in collaboration with Students Promoting...... KEEP READING »

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A sustainable Vanderbilt

September 5, 2011 — by Lucas Loffredo [Article originally featured on InsideVandy] Sustainability is, as defined by Vanderbilt University’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), “the development of a process or management system that helps to create a vibrant campus economy and high quality of life while respecting the need to sustain natural resources and protect the environment.” Opinions...... KEEP READING »

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Year-long Green Bag luncheon series to address current sustainability topics

September 1, 2011 — Starting in September, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project are sponsoring a Green Bag luncheon series that focuses on the environment and sustainability, both at work and at home. This educational series features informal lunchtime discussions and workshops – from sustainable food and dining choices to backyard composting...... KEEP READING »

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Sustainability speaker series kicks off Sept. 22 with Bill McKibben

August 30, 2011 — By Jim Patterson Environmentalist Bill McKibben will kick off a year of nationally recognized sustainability experts who will speak at Vanderbilt University as part of the American Studies Sustainability Project. McKibben, author of one of the first books on climate change for a general audience (The End of Nature, 1989), and founder of the activist...... KEEP READING »

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Chancellor: University getting greener, needs to be less dependent on federal dollars

August 26, 2011 — by Jim Patterson Vanderbilt must continue to develop new revenue streams to ensure its financial health in the face of federal budget deficits that are likely to impact government grants and awards, said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos at Fall Faculty Assembly. “We must, to the greatest extent possible, control our own destiny,” Zeppos said Aug....... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt students return to campus Aug. 20, move-in will be green

August 19, 2011 — By Princine Lewis, Vanderbilt News & Communications Vanderbilt University will begin welcoming first-year students to campus first thing Saturday morning, Aug. 20, when move-in begins at 7 a.m. at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt’s first-year student community. The students will live in residence halls known as “houses” – each of which is headed by...... KEEP READING »

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Sustainability theme to mark Vanderbilt 2011-12 academic year

August 12, 2011 — By Jim Patterson Issues of sustainability will be incorporated into many phases of the coming academic year at Vanderbilt University, including curriculum, a speaker series, documentary film series and field trips. “The Sustainability Project represents a compelling application of the full diversity of Vanderbilt’s academic expertise to one of the most complex and urgent human...... KEEP READING »

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MTA wants Vanderbilt employee feedback

August 10, 2011 — By Vanderbilt News & Communications The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is holding a third round of community conversations Aug. 24-25 to gain feedback from the public regarding ideas for improving the city’s transit investments along the Broadway/West End Corridor. The community conversations are scheduled to take place at the East Park Community Center on...... KEEP READING »

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It’s All Connected

August 1, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in the Vanderbilt View] By Kara Furlong The Sustainability Project sparks a campus dialogue about our relationship with the environment and commitment to its future   Bangladesh, in South Asia, is a flat, low-lying land situated between the melting snowcaps of the Himalayas and the rising waters of the...... KEEP READING »

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Reduce pollution on Air Quality Alert days and everyday

July 27, 2011 — Throughout the hot summer days, air pollutant levels can rise contributing to reduced lung function, wheezing, coughing, and possibly triggering asthma attacks. One of the pollutants that is harmful to human health is ground-level ozone*. Ground-level ozone is created by chemical reactions between nitrous oxides and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight....... KEEP READING »

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Heat advisory means time to conserve energy

July 12, 2011 — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Middle Tennessee that will remain in effect this week. Increasing temperatures approaching 100 degrees combined with high levels of humidity are predicted to cause heat index readings to reach 105-120 degrees, conditions that may pose a direct threat to those who work or spend extended...... KEEP READING »

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Recycling available at July 2 U2 Concert

June 30, 2011 — With close to 45,000 tickets sold plus a small army of crew members, the U2 concert at Vanderbilt on July 2 will bring loads of people to campus, and with them will come loads of potential trash that can be recycled VU’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office will be going to extra lengths to recover...... KEEP READING »

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Green Building Council lauds One Hundred Oaks project

June 30, 2011 — by Leslie Hill [Originally published by VUMC News and Communications in the VUMC Reporter.] Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks has received a Green Star Award from the Middle Tennessee chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Green Star Award recognizes sustainable projects designed or built in Middle Tennessee from these categories: new construction, existing...... KEEP READING »

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Incorporate sustainability into summer excursions

June 23, 2011 — As vacation season heats up, cars and planes rev up to meet the needs of eager travelers. By putting a little extra effort into the planning of your vacation, you can reduce the environmental impact of your trips with these handy and sustainable travel tips. Tourism’s Impact on the Environment Tourism takes a toll on...... KEEP READING »

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Two Nashville juniors place third in national sustainability challenge

May 26, 2011 — By Missy Pankake, Vanderbilt News Service Two members of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, Catherine Caffey and Emily Alsentzer, finished third out of 24 finalists in the Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge, a national sustainability challenge. They will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and the School for Science and Math...... KEEP READING »

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